News Local Retail kick-starts with queues, increased traffic on roads and discounts (photos)

Retail kick-starts with queues, increased traffic on roads and discounts (photos)

The first day of Cyprus’ gradual exit from the Coronavirus lockdown was marked in the retail sector by increased traffic in the streets, long queues outside shops and discounts on many products.

A month and a half after closing, retail businesses relaunched operations today with an array of protective measures including gloves, masks and information signs on the new measures on floors and windows for customers to see.

Shopkeepers of 28th October Street in Nicosia told philenews that their spaces were diligently disinfected prior to reopening.

Above: A sign that reads: “Dear Customers, we inform you that the maximum number of people (allowed) in the store, including the staff, is 20.”

Some shopkeepers, especially in the electrical appliances shops, said that before opening time there were people waiting outside the store, likening the situation to Black Friday.

In other cases, business owners opened their stores feeling rather numb as they had to devote time to arrange the stock they had received before the lockdown and replace the winter merchandise in the shop windows with that of the new season.

In these shops visitors were scarce, but most owners estimate that it’s too early to draw conclusions.

Most business owners noted that they opened their shops with discounts up to 50% on their new stock in order to attract customers.

Retail goes online

Many business owners took their shops online after the closure of their physical stores in order to stay afloat as current expenses kept running.

But do to reduced liquidity among consumers, offers were also put in place for online purchases accompanied in many cases by free delivery.

One shop manager said that sales went well online and as a result many of the shelves were empty on Monday morning.

Source: philenews

Read more:

Covid-19: A round-up of the latest developments in Cyprus

Top Stories

Lebanese Christian cleric to Hariri: avoid ‘secret deals’ in forming cabinet

  Lebanon’s top Christian cleric urged Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri to avoid back-door deals and quickly form a new government that will start lifting the...

Pope Francis names new cardinals, including 9 that will eventually elect successor

  Pope Francis named 13 new Roman Catholic cardinals, including nine under the age of 80 who are eligible to enter a conclave to elect...

New fighting flares in Karabakh as Aliyev warns against Russian involvement

  New fighting erupted between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces on Sunday over the mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh as both sides blamed each other for...

25 covid patients at Famagusta General, four in increase care

  The number of Covid-19 patients at the Famagusta General Hospital, the referral institution for coronavirus, has risen to 25. Four are being treated in the...

22 businesses, state services and 19 schools with confirmed Covid cases over past three days, publicised

  In line with the relevant protocols on preventing the spread of Covid-19, the health ministry today named businesses and schools with confirmed coronavirus cases,...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...